‘Move to make Mid­dle East a nuke-free zone’

Diplo­mat tells UN of UAE’s con­cern over Iran’s aims de­spite nu­clear agree­ment

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE

The UAE has called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take greater steps to make the Mid­dle East a zone free of nu­clear weapons and weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

Am­bas­sador Lana Nus­seibeh, the UAE’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, urged lead­ers to act as she told the UN that the emi­rates still has “grave con­cern” with Iran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions.

In a speech to the UN’s First Com­mit­tee’s ses­sion on ‘Dis­ar­ma­ment and In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity’, Am­bas­sador Nus­seibeh said Iran was still a ma­jor threat de­spite the nu­clear agree­ment reached with the P5+1 states last year.

In sign­ing that deal, Tehran agreed to cease with its nu­clear en­rich­ment pro­gramme in ex­change for the lift­ing of crip­pling sanc­tions.

“We had hoped that the agree­ment on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme would en­cour­age it to be­gin a new chap­ter and en­hance con­fi­dence in the ex­clu­sive peace­ful na­ture of its nu­clear pro­gramme,” Nus­seibeh said in her speech in New York.

“How­ever, Tehran con­tin­ues to un­der­mine the se­cu­rity of the re­gion through its ag­gres­sive rhetoric, by sup­port­ing and arm­ing mili­tias, and its des­ig­na­tion as a state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism.”

Iran backs the Houthi rebels who are cur­rently fight­ing the Saudi-led Arab coali­tion for con­trol of Ye­men, while also sup­port­ing Syria Pres­i­dent Bashar Al As­sad in the civil war.

Am­bas­sador Nus­seibeh re­it­er­ated the need for Iran to com­ply with in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions and un­der the Treaty on the Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion of Nu­clear Weapons (NPT). Am­bas­sador Nus­seibeh noted the par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance of the NPT to the UAE, based on its com­mit­ment to­wards global se­cu­rity and clear po­si­tions re­gard­ing dis­ar­ma­ment and non-pro­lif­er­a­tion is­sues, UAE news agency WAM re­ported. With the UAE’s first nu­clear power plant now un­der con­struc­tion at Al Barakah in the Western Re­gion, Am­bas­sador Nus­seibeh stressed the im­por­tance of pur­su­ing a trans­par­ent ap­proach to ac­quir­ing nu­clear en­ergy for peace­ful uses. In her speech she urged Is­rael to join the Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty, as it is the only state in the re­gion that has not yet ac­ceded to this Treaty. But she ex­pressed con­cern over the lack of progress made to­wards bring­ing this treaty into force, WAM said. She urged states to “meet their in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments, and to re­frain from con­duct­ing any nu­clear tests”. Am­bas­sador Nus­seibeh also voiced con­cern at “North Korea’s de­vel­op­ment of its nu­clear and bal­lis­tic ca­pac­i­ties and the car­ry­ing out of reg­u­lar tests which threaten the se­cu­rity of its neigh­bours, as well as in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity, and which are clearly con­trary to the most fun­da­men­tal rules of in­ter­na­tional law”. She called for bet­ter work on in­ter­na­tional peace.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.